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#51 of 4184 Maxima Steering Problem
Feb 05, 2001 (1:07 am)
I'm a newbie. Please help me~
I got a 1992 maxima(97Kmiles) a month ago. I've paid $1000 to repair it within a month. I still feel a side to side wobble in the steering wheel at low speed, though it runs pretty good before repair.
The problem is initiated by CV-boots replacement and left CV-joint rebuilt in a vietnamese workshop. The left lower-ball-joint is found damaged after this service. Then I replaced it in another workshop, and changed inner-tie-rod-ends, all the struts, and front motor mount, but the steering wheel is still loose and sometimes unstable. Should I replace all the steering linkage?
BTW, a Nissan dealer did the alignment for the car. Instead of showing a computer alignment data report, they noted on the receipt: "Has slight tire pull to left". It seems the more repair, the more problems come up.
#52 of 4184 Star
Feb 05, 2001 (4:59 am)
I'm not sure what you mean by the steering wheel is "unstable", but the low speed side to side steering wheel movement is usually either a bent rim or a tire belt shifted. With the front of the car raised rotate the wheels one at a time and look for any runout (side to side wobble). Doesn't take much. Specs are .060" max. If nothing is evident, switch tires front to rear one at a time. When the steering wheel wobble is eliminated you've located the defective one. It's usually the right front. Curbs are on that side.
#53 of 4184 air bag light flashing
Feb 05, 2001 (9:06 am)
My 95 gle with 32k just came back from oil change/brake check/tire repair, and air bag light began flashing and continues. Suggestions welcome. Thanks
Feb 05, 2001 (9:10 am)
If the dealer did the alignment, and noted that on your receipt, that would tell me that everything is in spec, and that it's probably (as alcan said) a bad tire or tires.
Unless they didn't check the entire front end...which I'd have asked them to do while it was there. If they did find a problem, and you didn't want to pay dealers rates to repair it....at least you'd know what the problem was...and could take it elsewhere to have the work done.
Feb 06, 2001 (1:03 am)
Thank you all.
Yes,"unstable" means side to side steering wheel movement, occasionally. And the steering wheel is a little loose.
Tires are switched front to rear before the replacement of inner tie-rod-ends and struts.
Anyway, 2 tires are worn and about to be changed.
Feb 06, 2001 (11:41 am)
If that's the case...it sounds like a bad rack...but I have to tell you, I've never had to change one yet...in ANY Nissan....at least not because they went bad. I have changed one in a Sentra because of an accident though.
#58 of 4184 re: to qx4 and joenissan maxima won't start
Feb 06, 2001 (5:28 pm)
I got starter replaced today, car starts fine. But in reading other entries I probably jinxed myself since, upon starting it up later today, I got the whole "Immediatly the rpm falls down from whatever idle its suppose to be at and the engine stalls.happens more often on cold or even cool weather conditions" qx4. Is this the TPS problem referred to? Plus thanks for the previous input. I asked mechanic if starter was 8 or 10 and he didn't know... but it starts!!
Feb 06, 2001 (5:54 pm)
sorry to hear that you are experiencing the same problem as i am. to be honest with you i gave up on it. mainly becuase its out of warranty and i don't want to spend money since the car eventually starts after a couple of tries.
below is a bunch of responses that i got from different sources trying to analyze the problem. never got the chance to print it off and take it to a mechanic.
A hunch: this is a fuel problem rather than an ignition problem. Try this
experiment. Turn on the ignition, wait for three seconds, and then crank
to start. This gives the fuel pump some extra time to build normal
pressure in the fuel rail. If the car starts and runs normally with this
experiment you ought to have the fuel pressure measured. This is done by
"T-ing" a pressure gauge into the fuel line downstream of the filter. The
spec is something like 35 psi. If your pressure is substantially below 35
or if it fluctuates wildly you have a pump problem. It might be corroded
electrical connections at the fuel tank end. It might be a pump
approaching end-of-life. Did your Max ever run out of gas? This is
harmful to the fuel pump.
If this experiment does not provide relief from the start-then-stall
condition, the next things I would check are the Throttle Position Sensor
and the Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor.
Nissan owner and D-I-Y mechanic
Ø when turning the key (all the way) to start the engine,
> nothing will happen for about a second or two and then
> the car will start after a couple of tries.
This could be
- bad starter solenoid
- bad ignition switch
- bad inhibitor relay
The starter has already been replaced, and presumably the replacement
starter came with a solenoid. Therefore the problem is not the solenoid.
It is more likely to be the inhibitor relay than the ignition switch.
> Immediatly the rpm falls down from whatever idle
> its suppose to be at and the engine stalls.
> happens more often on cold or even cool weather
> conditions. it happens when the car has been sitting
> for few hours.
This could be
- bad Idle Air Control Valve - Auxiliary Air Control valve
- bad Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor
- sticking Positive Crankcase Ventilation Valve
- sticking Exhaust Gas Recirculation valve
- a vacuum leak due to a damaged or disconnected vacuum hose
Nissan owner and D-I-Y mechanic
I have a 1995 Nissan Maxima. Have had a intermittent problem over the years. It takes a least three tries to get the car started.( seems to only be in cold weather) They have changed the starter, battery, fuel pump, fuel filter, fuel resistor and rear computer and I still have the same problem. In one months time frame I had my car for about 3 days!!! Has anyone had the same problem? I posted in the wrong area more details under 1995 Nissan Max hard start problems.
Has the coolant temperature sensor been checked? The engine controller needs to know the engine temp to provide additional fuel for cold startup
I appologize for the long message....hope it helps the people who have the same problem.
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#60 of 4184 Electrical Damage to Transmission?
Feb 07, 2001 (7:41 pm)
Here is a new one on me. I bought a 93 Maxima almost a year ago. The previous owner had just had the transmission R&R'd at a transmission shop with a 12 month warranty. 8 months later, it started to slip shift and have a loud whine at speed. I took it in and the shop replaced a valve assembly and other parts. This fixed the problem. Now, 2.5 months later, the whine has started again. I took it back and this is what I here....
"Your car might have an electrical problem. It could be creating a ground through the transmission and is burning out the gears. Vie seen this before in chewy trucks and cars,etc...." He looked me straight in the eye as he is saying this. Has anyone ever experienced this before? Since I have not detected any electrical problem, I find this very hard to believe.
I'm waiting for the verdict tommorrow.
Any comments are greatly appreciated.